Marches Mosses BogLIFE Trainee Placement

The Manor House NNR Base, Natural England, Moss Lane, Whixall, , Shropshire, SY13 2PD
£8,000
Closing date:

We are looking for trainees for the Marches Mosses BogLIFE project (LIFE15 NAT/UK/000786). The project aims to restore Britain’s 3rd largest lowland raised bog within the Fenn’s, Whixall &…

30 Days Wild

Are you ready to go wild this June?

This June, join hundreds of thousands of people taking part in 30 Days Wild. We're challenging you to do something a little bit wild every day: that's 30 Days of fun, exciting and simple Random Acts of Wildness. It's easy!

We're giving you a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas from your Wildlife Trust to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!).

Sign up!

What is 30 Days Wild?

30 Days Wild is the UK's month-long nature campaign run by The Wildlife Trusts. Now in its fifth year, sign up and take part with hundreds of thousands of people across the UK (and do your bit to help wildlife, too!).

From little actions (like stopping to smell a flower on you way to the shops or taking a moment to watch squabbling sparrows in a hedge) to big things (like giving up single-use plastics for a month or writing to your MP about why nature matters), 30 Days Wild is all about re-connecting with the natural world around you and doing a little bit of good for wildlife.

What's in your pack?

When you sign up, you'll receive a pack full of wild goodies! You'll get a wallchart, with a calendar (to help you plan your month) and an awesome poster! You'll also get a booklet packed full of ideas to help you go wild, a set of super stickers, and some wildflower seeds to brighten up your garden or window box!

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Why take part?

It's not just wildlife that 30 Days Wild helps; you'll feel the benefits, too! We're all a part of nature, and nature needs to be a part of our lives.

Over the past four years, we've been working with the University of Derby to find out about the impact that 30 Days Wild has on people taking part. Spending time outdoors can make you feel happier, healthier and closer to nature, as well as helping people to take more actions to help wildlife.

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Who we are

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is protecting nature and standing up for wildlife and wild places in your area. We connect local people to nature on their doorsteps; restore diverse wild places and look after 40 nature reserves for future generations; and inspire people to take action for wildlife. We believe that everyone can make a positive difference to their local environment and that by working together we can achieve nature’s recovery on land and at sea.

Take part!

Nature for wellbeing

Nature for wellbeing

Tom Marshall

People need wildlife

Studies have shown that those who have the least access to nature also have the worst levels of physical health and mental wellbeing. 

We want more people to discover that daily contact with wildlife improves their mental health, and we want more people to care about and take action for wildlife as a result. Seeing birds near our homes, walking through green spaces filled with wild flowers, and along rivers that are clean and clear reduces stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

Daily contact with nature is also linked to better physical health, including reductions in obesity and improved concentration.

Orchids
Nature for wellbeing

Nature Reserves

Our Reserves are managed for people and wildlife - there is so much for you to explore.

Discover our reserves
Kew Accountants Shropshire Wildlife Trust corporates
Nature for wellbeing

Wildlife at work

We help businesses and their employees improve their health and wellbeing.

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Holly Banks volunteers
Nature for wellbeing

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to help wildlife whilst keeping fit and making new friends.

Get involved

You can also find an event near you, or join your local branch!

Every child wild

Over the last 40 years, children have become increasingly separated from wildlife. It’s a natural disaster in the making!

Like most parents, we believe that a childhood separated from nature is a diminished experience. 28% of UK children are now overweight or obese and fewer than 10% play in natural areas.

However, a study of nearly 350,000 medical records showed that living within a kilometre of a green space reduces the risk of 15 major illnesses, particularly anxiety and depression, and even more so for children. There is also evidence that children who grow up with nature are more likely to protect it when they are older.

Wildlife and Farming Officer

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH
£21,000 to £25,000 per annum + pension contribution
Closing date:

The post-holder will deliver a programme of farmer/agronomist training events, one to one farm visits to promote resource protection and a reduction in diffuse water pollution from agriculture,…

Wood Lane bird sightings archive

23rd February- 2nd March

Black headed gull c500

Lapwings c100

Snipe 20

Grey wagtail 2

Egyptian geese 2

Skylarks 2

Green sandpiper 1

Dunlin 1

Great white egret 1

Grey partridge 1

Curlew 1

Caspian gull 1

Green woodpecker 1

Lesser redpoll 1

Treecreeper 1

Goldcrest 1

Linnet 1

9th- 16th February

Lapwing c500

Mute swan 6

Shoveler 5

Gadwall 4

Oystercatcher 4

Siskin 4

Meadow pipit 2

Reed bunting 2

Goosander 2

Goldcrest 2

Golden plover 2

Merlin 1

Great white egret 1

Lesser spotted woodpecker 1

Greater black backed gull 1

2nd-9th February

Siskin c50

Shelduck 13

Goosander 4

Reed bunting 3

Shovelers 3

Gadwall 3

Mistle thrush 2

Lesser redpoll 2

Buzzards 2

Treecreeper 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Lesser spotted woodpecker 1

Great white egret 1

Redshank 1 

25th January- 2nd February 

Lapwing c200

Siskin c20

Shovelers 4

Bullfinch 1

Oystercatcher 1

Raven 1

17th-26th January

 
Lapwing c200
Siskin c100
Fieldfare c60
Redwing c40
Starling c20
Long-tailed tit 16
Linnet 4
Gadwall 3
Shoveler 3
Snipe 3
Greater-spotted woodpecker 2
Little grebe 2
Bullfinch 2
Nuthatch 2
Oystercatcher 1
Curlew 1
Mistle thrush 1 
Song thrush 1
Grey wagtail 1
Lesser redpoll 1
Lesser spotted woodpecker 1 
Treecreeper 1 
 

28th December- 5th January 

Shelduck 13 

Common gull 11

Gadwall 3

Egyptian geese 2

Treecreeper 2

Peregrine 1

Oystercatcher 1

Kestrel 1

Lesser redpoll 1

Grey wagtail 1

Caspian gull 1

5th-12 January

Lapwing c150

Teal 15

Common gull 11

Shelduck 10

Lesser redpoll 8

Goldcrest 3

Gadwall 3

Great black backed gull 2

Tree creeper 2

Egyptian geese 2

Pied wagtail 1

Merlin 1

Curlew 1

Kestrel 1

22nd-29th December

Lapwing c1000

Siskin c20

Snipe c20

Mute swan 6

Shelduck 6

Meadow pipit 2

Egyptian geese 2

Goosander 2

Reed bunting 2

Kestrel 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Blackcap 1 (Male)

Peregrine falcon 1

17th-22nd December

Common gull 4

Egyptian geese 2

Golden plover 2

Great white egret 2

Meadow pipit 2

Linnet 2

Reed bunting 2

Kestrel 1

Goosander 1

Mistle thrush 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Caspian gull 1

30th November- 8th December

Lapwing c500

Siskin c50

Snipe 10

Goldcrest 4

Linnet 4

Sparrowhawk 2

Egyptian geese 2

G. spotted woodpecker 2

Goosander 1

Lesser redpoll 1

Skylark 1

Grey wagtail 1

Reed bunting 1

24th November-1st December

Lapwing c300

Snipe 43

Goldcrest 4

Kestrel 2

Egyptian geese 2

Mistle thrush 2

Jay 2

G. spotted woodpecker 2

Great white egret 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Yellow legged gull 1

Golden plover 1

11-17th November

Curlew 24

Snipe 16

Long tailed tit 12

Lesser redpoll 6

Mistle thrush 4

Grey heron 3

Great white egret 2

Yellow legged gull 2

Egyptian geese 2

Redshank 1

Merlin 1

Caspian gull 1

 

17th-24th November

Lapwing c300

Cormerant 62

Siskin c50

Curlew 24

Mistle thrush 9

Linnet 8

Goldcrest 7

Lesser redpoll 6

Yellow legged gull 2

Egyptian geese 2

Kestrel 2

Grey wagtail 2

Reed bunting 2

Mandarin 1

Water rail 1

Green sandpiper 1

4th- 10th November

Curlew 16

Mistle thrush 9

Greenfinch 4

Pied wagtail 4

Raven 4

Grey wagtail 2

Great white egret 2

Sparrowhawk 1

Green sandpiper 1

Water rail 1

Kingfisher 1

26th October- 3rd November

Cormorants c120- Record number

Greenfinch 11

Teal 11

Siskin 6

Mistle thrush 5

Raven 4

Grey heron 3

Linnet 3

Great white egret 2- One there for 6 weeks, joined by a second recently.

Bullfinch 2

Jay 2

Redpoll 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Grey wagtail 1

Snow goose 1- First ever at Wood Lane.

14th-20th October

Curlew 23

Skylark 20

Linnet 20

Reed bunting 2

Goldcrest 2

Meadow pippet 2

Siskin 1

Sparrowhawk 1

Grey wagtail 1

Green sandpiper 1

Bullfinch 1

Great white egret 1

Nuthatch 1

Med. gull 1

Hundreds of redwings and fieldfares have flown over.

6th-13th October

Lapwing c300

Redwing c50

Curlew 22

Snipe 15

Gadwall 6

Linnet 5

Meadow pippet 2

Raven 2

Great white egret 1

Greenshank 1

Green woodpecker 1

Grey wagtail 1

Sparrowhawk 1

22nd- 28th September
Curlew 5
Linnet 4
Jay 2
Bullfinch 2
Meadow pipit 2
Treecreeper 2
Chiffchaff 1
Song thrush 1
Kingfisher 1
Redstart 1
Grey wagtail 1
Green sandpiper 1
Greenshank 1
Great white egret 1
Sparrowhawk 1
 

 

8th-20th September

Lapwing c300

Curlew 25

G. spotted woodpecker 5

Linnet 5

Blackcap 5

Buzzard 3

Meadow pipit 2

Green sandpiper 2

Grey wagtail 2

Sparrowhawk 2

Gadwall 2

Kingfisher 2

Golden plover 2

Water rail 1

Lesser whitethroat 1

Siskin 1

Garden warbler 1

Great white egret 1- Has been there twice this week, chased off by heron’s.

 

2nd-8th September

Curlew 25

Skylark 22

Teal 13

Pied wagtail 8

Cormorant 8

Greater spotted woodpecker 5

Linnet 4

Gadwall 4

Meadow pipit 3

Chiffchaff 2

Reed bunting 2

Green sandpiper 2

Sparrowhawk 1

Willow warbler 1

Treecreeper 1

Grey wagtail 1

Yellow wagtail 1

Water rail 1

Restoring Marches Mosses Marketing Officer

The Cut Visitor Centre, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AH
£24,021
Closing date:

To promote the Marches Mosses as a destination to a range of audiences.

Restoring Marches Mosses Events Officer

The Cut Visitor Centre, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AH
£19,947
Closing date:

To provide high quality activities that connect people with the Marches Mosses project area as well as communicate the BogLIFE project aims and key messages.

Restoring Marches Mosses Procurement & Contract Manager

The Cut Visitor Centre, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6AH
£24,021
Closing date:

To oversee and deliver infrastructure improvements identified in the Marches Mosses Project plan to set timescales and within budget.

Nature reserves appeal

Help to protect wildlife homes

We need your help!

Finding funds for our work looking after Shropshire’s most precious wild places is always a challenge – please help us if you can.

Looking after our nature reserves is one of the most valuable ways the Trust helps wildlife.  Throughout the year our conservation staff and volunteers go out with loppers, saws and rakes to stop woodlands growing dark and neglected; to halt the spread of scrub into flower-rich grasslands and prevent sparkling clear ponds turning into muddy swamps.  It is labour-intensive activity and we get a lot of satisfaction from it, but we’re well aware that more could be achieved for wildlife if we could buy in a little extra help.

Hill Radnor sheep at Earls Hill

Woolley workers

£1000 needed to buy more sheep and to feed them.

Hill Radnor sheep are a small but highly effective force within our conservation team.  Perfectly suited to upland grazing, such as the Stiperstones, this hardy rare breed eats bramble and emerging scrub, which gives smaller plants, such as heather, a chance to thrive.  We want to increase our flock of this valuable rare breed to to help keep more of our nature reserves in shape and blooming.

Harebell and woods

Down with the conifers!

£5,000 needed for felling conifers

We would like to fell a hectare of conifers on the summit of Pontesford Hill.  This would expose an outlying Iron Age rampart and encourage the return of herb-rich grassland with harebells and tiny, golden of tormentil flowers.

Pearl-bordered fritillary

Sunlight and butterflies

£5000 for felling conifers

Removal of conifers is also planned at Dolgoch Quarry, one of the special limestone nature reserves in the Oswestry Hills. Our hope is to fell a swathe of these trees, giving the hillside a chance to regenerate naturally, with flower-rich grassland, butterflies and native trees.

Whitcliffe Common view through trees

Help for the elderly

£3000 for tree surgery

There are more than 200 veteran trees on Whitcliffe Common, Ludlow. With a little care, we can prolong their lives by a century or more. Such trees are wondrous characters and also great for wildlife, providing nesting holes for birds and food and shelter for hundreds of species of beetles and other insects.

Common lizard

Basking areas for lizards

£1000 for gorse and bracken clearance

Keeping gorse and bracken in check on the expansive heathland at Catherton Common in south Shropshire is vital to maintain populations of the common lizard. They need open areas among the bracken, where they can soak up sunlight and warmth.

 

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